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2012 News Releases

December 21, 2012
January Programs at Saguaro National Park Tucson, AZ - Highlights of Saguaro National Park's programs for January include a variety of sunset and moonlight hikes...

December 17, 2012
Saguaro National Park Invites Participation in Their Traditional Guided Night Drive Through the Rincon Mountian District's Cactus Forest Thursday, December 27, 2012 Tucson, AZ - Once again this year, Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District (east) will open the Cactus Forest Loop Drive for special starlight driving tours the evening of Thursday, December 27th.

December 12, 2012
Saguaro National Park Offers Wilderness Exploration Camp in Tucson Mountain District (West) During Holiday Break Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District (West) will offer a three-day Junior Ranger Wilderness Exploration Day Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old. The dates for the camp are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 27-29.

November 19, 2012
Saguaro National Park Offers Moonlight Programming in the Tucson Mountain District (West) Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is inviting the Tucson community out to the Tucson Mountain District (west) to discover the beauty of the desert under the moonlight. Naturalist-guided hikes among the majestic saguaro cactus will be held near the time of the full moon in November, and a patio program on the night of the full moon itself features its rise over the peaks of the Tucson Mountains.

November 13, 2012
Saguaro National Park Hosts Open House to Discuss Restoration Plans Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) as part of a proactive plan to restore park resources. The park is hosting a public meeting on November 27 at the Wilmot Library to discuss proposed actions in the plan. One of the proposed strategies includes aerial application of herbicide in the park's back-country to combat infestations of buffelgrass.

November 6, 2012
Saguaro National Park to Offer Free Admission Over Veteran's Day Weekend Tucson, AZ - Enjoy a weekend of fall fun in your backyard national park, with free admission to Saguaro National Park this holiday weekend.

October 29, 2012
Saguaro National Park Opens Hope Camp Trail to Bicycle Use on November 2 Tucson, AZ - Starting this weekend, the Hope Camp Trail in Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District (east) will be open to mountain bikes. Designation of this new multi-use trail begins November 2, 2012 after a long eight month process of public comment, approval and inclusion in the Federal Register.

October 22, 2012
Saguaro National Park Hosts 11th Annual American Indian Culture Fair, October 27 Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park and Western National Parks Association are hosting the 11th Annual American Indian Culture Fair on Saturday, October 27 in the Tucson Mountain District (west).

September 27, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY BY PULLING BUFFELGRASS IN THE TUCSON MOUNTAINS Tucson, AZ - Saturday, September 29th is Public Lands Day across the nation. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and encourage those people to come out and enjoy a day of service to those public lands.

September 19, 2012
OCTOBER PROGRAMS OFFERED AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering special programs this fall that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

September 7, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK BEGINS AERIAL MAPPING OF BUFFELGRASS Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will be mapping buffelgrass within park boundaries in both the Tucson Mountain (west) and Rincon Mountain (east) Districts using a helicopter.

July 4, 2012
NATURALIZATION CEREMONY HELD AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Twenty-one candidates were sworn in as new United States citizens by Honorable District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps today during a ceremony held in Sauaro National Park. These new citizens represented 11 different countries, including Canada, Columbia, India, Ireland, Libya, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago.

June 28, 2012
SAGUARO TO HOST NATURALIZATION CEREMONY Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will host a new citizen naturalization ceremony on July 4, 2012. The Honorable District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America's newest citizens. This ceremony is taking place through a partnership formed with the U.S, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

June 18, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK SELECTED AS 2012 NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AMERICA'S BEST IDEA GRANT RECIPIENT Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park has been selected as one of 49 national parks participating in the 2012 America's Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Inspitred by the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns documentary...designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.

June 6, 2012
FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions in both the Rincon and Tucson Mountain Districts, beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2012. These restrictions coincide with similar restrictions going into effect on other public lands in southern Arizona.

June 5, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER FREE ADMISSION FOR "GET OUTDOORS DAY" THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Tucson, AZ - Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Saguaro National Park this Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks, including Saguaro National Park will waive entrance fees.

June 4, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER "FAMILY NIGHT: THE PARK AFTER DARK" AT THE TUCSON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT (WEST) Tucson, AZ--- Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Saguaro National Park will offer Family Night: The Park After Dark at the Tucson Mountain District (West), starting June 15.

May 23, 2012
RINCON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT VISITOR CENTER TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATION STARTING MAY 28TH - PARK STILL OPEN TO VISITORS Tucson, AZ - Visitors to Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District (East) will notice some changes in the visitor center starting May 28th, 2012. The visitor center building, originally built in 1953, is being closed this summer for renovation in anticipation of a new exhibit project starting fall of 2012.

May 21, 2012
JUNE PROGRAMS OFFERED AT SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering special programs this June that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history. Come along on a naturalist-led walk in the park, or join a local expert for a presentation in one of our visitor centers.

May 16, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO HOST OPEN HOUSE IN HONOR OF ARMED FORCES DAY ON MAY 19TH Tucson, AZ - To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on Saturday, May 19th, Armed Forces Day, the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

May 15, 2012
SAGUARO NATIOANL PARK ENCOURAGES SAFE VIEWING OF SOLAR ECLIPSE AT TUCSON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT ON MAY 20TH Tucson, AZ - Sagurao National Park will be among 125 national parks to offer the best eclipse-viewing opportunities on May 20th when the first solar eclipse viewable in the U.S. in the last 18 years darkens the sky before sunset.

April 17, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES 2012 NATIONAL PARK WEEK: Entrance Fees Waived April 21-29 Tucson, AZ - In celebration of National Park Week, Saguaro National Park will waive entrance fees and offer special programs about our nation's parks.

April 9, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO OFFER SUMMER JUNIOR RANGER CAMPS AT RINCON MOUNTAIN DISTRICT For Ages 6 to 11 Years Old Tucson, AZ---Saguaro National Park will offer Junior Ranger Camps at the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) this summer, throughout the month of June.

March 26, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO HOST CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS RECOGNITION DAY, MARCH 31
Tucson, AZ--Saguaro National Park is proud host the 3rd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Recognition Day on Saturday, March 31. The event will be held at the Tucson Mountain District (west), 2700 N. Kinney Road from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Park entrance fee will be waived at the Red Hills Visitor Center for visitors participating in the CCC celebration.

March 21, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK ANNOUNCES DISCONTINUED USE OF DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BOTTLES AT ALL FACILITIES
Tucson, AZ-Today, Saguaro National Park joined a growing number of parks and universities no longer using vending machines to sell disposable bottled water or soda on site. According to the EPA, over 1,125,000,000 pints of bottled water were sold in the United States in 2011. The EPA estimates that less than 15% of those plastic water bottles are recycled; the rest go into landfills or are discarded as litter.

March 9, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO RE-ROUTE SECTION OF THE CARRILLO TRAIL
Tucson, AZ--Saguaro National Park will re-route a section of a popular trail in the Rincon Mountain District (East). The park plans to relocate a 0.9 mile section of the Carrillo Trail approximately 0.4 miles east of its current location, to a flatter area where it will be more sustainable and cost effective to maintain.

March 6, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK PROPOSES CONVERSION OF THE HOPE CAMP TRAIL TO A MULTI-USE TRAIL
Tucson, AZ -The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to designate the Hope Camp Trail as a bicycle route, or multi-use trail, within Saguaro National Park. The rule is necessary because NPS general regulations require promulgation of a special regulation to designate bicycle routes located off park roads and outside developed areas.

February 28, 2012
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK BRINGS VISITORS, MONEY AND JOBS TO SOUTHERN ARIZONA
Tucson, AZ -A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 700,000 visitors in 2010 spent more than $24.1 million in Saguaro National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported more than 325 jobs in the area.

Did You Know?

The flower of a Staghorn Cholla

Many of the plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only edible, they are great sources of nutrition, including the buds of the staghorn cholla which is a great source of calcium and magnesium.